On 19 April 2013 Prime Minister Gillard said, “the amount of tax revenue … collected so far this financial year is already $7.5 billion less than was forecast … Treasury now estimates that this reduction will increase to around $12 billion by the end of the financial year. This unusually low revenue creates a significant fiscal gap over the budget period … There are no easy choices … I find these [budget] decisions both urgent and grave.”

Reading between the lines

Peter Broelman says that to pursue a career in cartooning you need to have a sense of humour, a love of drawing and the ability to think good ideas and draw them up. “You also need to be persistent and not give up. Be confident about your cartoons.”